Wardrobe Switching – Saying Goodbye to More than Winter

Okay – I’m perhaps a week late with taking on this project, but it’s that time of year again: switching my wardrobe. Goodbye warm, tranquil colors of fall and winter. Hello bright, boisterous colors of spring and summer.

I like to change my wardrobe around the first day of spring each year, although I do bow down to the weather occasionally. Last week I went to storage to grab some of my summer clothing for a work trip to Orlando – more on that in a later post – but I didn’t actually do the full change until this week. It’s somewhat like seeing old friends again. I do miss my clothing, but swapping out my clothing allows me to have even more!

As I went about repacking my colder clothing, I realized something important; this winter was a discovery of sweaters I kept just because I dreaded not having enough, not because I loved them. Continue reading

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Outfit of the Week 6/3/16

So normally I wouldn’t normally wear maroon in spring, as it’s more of a fall color. But I love this suede skirt too much to not wear it. It’s got pockets and falls perfectly above the knew. I paired it with a bright white top to balance out the dark color. I also wore a maroon headband to complete the outfit. We all have those days where our hair just won’t behave. While a headband may seem childish on the surface, when it’s paired with such profession items and matches color well, it can be a great addition to an adult wardrobe. And it’s a perfect solution for messy hair days and more professional than a ponytail!

Outfit of the Week 5/20

Yesterday I was traveling, so it was a great time for a casual outfit. I fight against what I call the “casualization of the U.S.” I am not a fan of yoga pants and pajama pants as your normal clothes, even on planes. But I completely understand wanting to be comfortable while traveling. I pretty much always wear pants on a plane because it can get chilly sometimes mid-flight. I like choosing ones that are just a bit loose so they don’t dig in when sitting for hours. A fun top is a way to make an effort while still bordering on too comfy. I love this t-shirt. It’s a Sevenly shirt I bought a while ago in support of Education is Freedom, a program assisting young people in pursuing higher degrees. Also when travel, I love bringing a hat. Yes, it’s one more item to deal with a security, but it keeps the fake air off my face (eliminate those obnoxious hair in your face moments) and it’s always good to have a hat while traveling.

Outfit of the Week 5/13

I’m known for colorful clothing, so when I do wear black, I like to make sure there is an element of visual interest. This black dress from White House | Black Market has just that with belt like buckles on each side and snaps at the top. It’s tailored well so it fits curves. I wore it we a red shrug to give the outfit a pop of color that matches the shoes. These are some of my favorite shoes. I fondly refer to them as my Minnie Mouse shoes because they remind me of an elegant interpretation of the cartoon character.

Outfit of the week 5/6

It’s springtime! I love this dress. It’s got pockets that are large enough to fit cell phones (and actually my wallet on quick errands). The best part, though, is the neckline, which has ribbons to clip around your bra straps so they never show. These purple shoes are also wonderful. I found them in a cute little boutique. They’re made in Vietnam and they fit my feet perfectly. They’re wedges so they’re comfortable to wear all day.

Outfit of the week 2/12

Sometimes it hard to put together an outfit – you’re tired, in a rush, feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. So, I keep stylish dresses for just those occasions. With built-in visual appeal, like this red dress (color, buttons, and a wavy hem), you still look professional and like you put effort in, even if it took you less than 5 minutes to get dressed. Dresses are perfect for this because literally all you have to do is put on a single item. Paired with these simple black Joan & David shoes, I felt confident going to work and still got compliments!

Outfit of the week 2/5

It’s getting close to the end of winter (according to the calendar), so I felt like dressing like winter personified. I paired a beautiful winter white sweater and skirt with a blush colored blouse (all from White House | Black Market – thank you Christmas gifts!). To give it a pop of color and to embrace the idea of ice, I wore ice blue tights (Hue). With my only nude shoes, the outfit really did feel like winter. It works will both with and without accessories, although this week I favored the accessories and used a pin that reminds me of snowflakes and sun to keep the sweater closed.

Tricks to keep you fashionable and your bank account happy - Woman on shopping spree

4 Tricks to Shopping to Your Heart’s Content

A few weekends ago, I was driving home from Tahoe Donner (my new thing for that week) with my mom and we decided to break up the long ride by stopping at some outlet stores. It turned out to be an excellent decision as we were both able to purchase items at great discounts. I spent most of my time at Bath & Body Works, where, due to a mobile app, I knew they were having great deals (spend $30, get $10 off, spend $50 get $20 off, etc.). I replaced my favorite bath soap, which I’m almost out off, bought a candle, and found some new hand lotion.

Close up woman hand with many shopping bags and credit cardMy mom, meanwhile, went into Coach to discover that they were having a 50% off sale! Combined with the lower prices because we were at an outlet store, it was practically a steal. We found a wallet that was on $20!

I love sales and finding deals while shopping. To keep my wardrobe fresh, fun, and exciting, I have to keep my eye out for new items within my price range. So here are 4 tricks I’ve found to shop till you drop! Continue reading

Stay Warm & Cozy with Winter Sweaters

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It’s certainly a weird winter all over. El Nino is causing warmer weather than average in most of the states and drier spots elsewhere (at least for now – when the rains hit, watch out for the flooding). But there’s still a chill in the air!

Autumn and earlier winter is my favorite time of the year for fashion. Sweaters, coats, hat scarves! What’s not to love? It’s the perfect excuse to be a cozy all day long.

This week, I paired neutral, winter-colored sweaters with bold, fun-colored bottoms.

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Project Runway Season 14 Finale – Why I think the judges made the right choice

It’s apparently a controversial stance to take, but I think Ashley complete deserved the win. All season long, I was moved by Kelly’s story. She truly epitomizes the American Dream – taking care of her ailing father, working a basically dead end job at the local deli, all while dreaming of making her living following her dream.

But I liked Ashley’s clothes better. More women could wear them. They were cohesive. Project Runway has always prided itself on rewarding those who break from the model, do something new, and have a ready market. Ashley’s clothes by the nature of addressing an underserved market, of being for plus size, did all three of these. Kelly’s collection will only look good on skinner women. I also agree with Zach’s comment that it had a trashy element – in general the clothes reminded me of things you would see on Jersey Shore. It also reminded me of Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century (Why aren’t we living on space stations yet?). I give credit to Kelly for playing with patterns, but I didn’t think the different types of fabric were enough to win over Ashley.

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